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JonnyAlpha

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Hi all, couple of issues if I may.

I am cleaning up a clients slow running PC, usual problem too many processes (57) and just hit a record 90 Critical objects using Adaware :whistling: dialers loggers etc??

The client has updated Norton AV and has Adawre on his system but never used it. He also has AOL AGGGGGGHHHHH Anti Spyware obviously a complete waste on diskspace!!!!

Going through the processes one by one trying to identify which ones can go I found two LEXMARK processes left over from using an old Lexmark Printer. No Lexmark software is shown in the ADD REMOVE folder.

How do I remove these processes??
Will this involve Regedit?
I have not yet done a search for thes items, just found them in Task Manager.

Second problem looking in MSCONFIG there are several calls left over by Viruses such as Maxblast.exe and W.exe ?? Whilst I believe these viruses have now been removed how do I irradicate these Calls, this would be slowing down the startup.
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Hi JonnyAlpha

If you're talking about spyware, adware and viruses, I think you post in the wrong forum.

Try this one

"http://www.geekstogo..._Here-f37.html"

Think you will find really good help over there.
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My post is not about Malware removal as I have achieved that by running Adaware and Spybot, my post is actualy about cleaning up Windows XP, removing unwanted processes and redundant startup scripts.
It contains two subjects:

1. How to remove redundant processes left over from an install of a Lexmark Printer that is no longer in use.

2. How to remove entries in MSCONFIG Starup that seem to be leftover from Spyware / Virus activity

The PC takes an age to startup and when running is very slow, I think the startup time is affected by these redundant calls. The lack of speed is due to haviing far to many processes running in the background.

I have identified all running processes using Google and now need assistance in removing redundant processes left over by Lexmark, no entrie appear in the Add Remove Programs, but I have not yet done a search for them to see where they are located.

What is the best way to find and stop these these processes from running.

I can stop the startups in MSCONFIG by deselecting the item in the Startup tab but this is only a diagnostic approach, how do I remove them altogether.

Many thanks
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Hi JonnyAlpha

I misunderstood. I use CCleaner to clean out the registry.

Might want to give it a try.

http://www.majorgeek...ad.php?det=4191
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HI Jonny

CCleaner is a good program, but this is the one that cleans out your registry.

http://www.majorgeek...ad.php?det=2048

I have them both and run them once a day either when I start up or shut down.

Hope they help
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Many thanks;

I`ll give them a go.
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Hi JonnyAlpha

You might look in My computer > Program Files and see if there a Lexmark folder in there. Since you're not using it anymore, just delete it.

Hope this helps
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One of the links took me to RegScrub XP I downloaded this program but found problems with it trying to fix more than 5-6 problems, the program would Hang.

When doing a search on the Major Geeks Forum I found that this program had been dropped in 2002 and was no longer being updated???

Anothert cleaner was recommended "Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 1.1" so I`ll give that a go.
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Thanks for letting me know. Have to try that one too.

Is it helping any???
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http://www.stevengou...ftware/cleanup/



this is a very good cleaner

but any left over malware or spyware can still comprimise your computer
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Hi rushin1nd

I understand that and agree with you.

JonnyAlpha stated

"My post is not about Malware removal as I have achieved that by running Adaware and Spybot, my post is actualy about cleaning up Windows XP, removing unwanted processes and redundant startup scripts."

After I run these programs, if I suspect malware, I post a hijackthis on the malware forum.

Thanks
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Update;

Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 1.1 installed and ran fine does a pretty thourough job too. CCleaner runs well and also has a Registry cleaning function which picked up a few issues that Eusing Cleaner did not.

I also have Steven Goulds Cleanup on another PC works nice and fast about the same as CClean but does not look as nice "If your after asthetics".

I ran Eusing and CClean, Adaware and Spybot on my clients PC and it removed two out of three old startups Oh I miss quoted the remaining startup is a registry call to msblast.exe which I think is left over from the W32 Blaster Worm.

Anyhow managed to get his machine down to 53 running processes and he`s relatively happy, its a P4 Celeron 2.4Ghz with 256MB Mem but I think AOL and all its junk is really slowing it down, AOL auto logs onto the Internet at startup but you still have to run AOL and sign in, god I hate AOL...


Thank for all the help
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I'm glad everyone's happy and it worked.

Thanks for letting us know you got it fixed.

and Thanks for telling me about Eusing. I uninstalled RegScrub and tried that. IT's really nice.
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